“She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple.”
In the Scriptures, silk was a sign of riches, and purple a sign of royalty.
Here we see that the virtuous woman of Proverbs uses her hands to make coverings for the furniture of her household, while adorned in silk and purple.
“And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, which worshipped God, heard us: whose heart the Lord opened, that she attended unto the things which were spoken of Paul.”
Lydia was a seller of purple.
She was rich from her business, yet not blinded by the false pagan religions around her at the riverside. She worshipped God, and the Lord opened her heart.
Instead of keeping the Good News to herself, she willing chose to reach her household with the Gospel. Then she made a public profession of her faith in Christ.
“And when she was baptized, and her household, she besought us, saying, If ye have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come into my house, and abide there. And she constrained us.”
She is a New Testament type of a virtuous woman.
She was the first convert that Paul saw in Macedonia after he obeyed the Lord’s direction, and she eagerly welcomed him and Timothy into her house.
Lydia sold her goods; but, more than that, she served the Saviour.
Isaiah 17-18 | Revelation 20 | Proverbs 15
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